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Curriculum

KS3 Curriculum Overview 2019-20

Autumn Term 1:

PERSUASIVE AND DISCURSIVE WRITING

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Crime and Punishment

·        Persuasive Writing

·        Victorian Birmingham

·        Writing to argue

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Read any leaflets that try to persuade people to visit places and talk about how they work.

Watch TV adverts and discuss what the advertiser wants you to think.

Read discussion articles from magazines or newspapers.

 

Autumn Term 2:

CREATIVE WRITING

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Fantasy writing

·        Writing children’s stories

·        Creative writing on a First World war theme

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Read some stories together.

Have a discussion about stories you’ve read in the past – which were your favourites, who were your favourite characters and what was good about the way the story was written.

Get them to write a version of their favourite scene from a film.

Write a short story together.

Spring Term 1:

MOVING MEDIA

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Frankenstein

·        The Truman Show

·        Gothic Horror

 

How my child can be supported at home :                            

 

Encourage them to think about the films and TV shows they watch.

Talk about why scenes have been set up in a certain way and what the director’s instructions might have been while a scene was being shot.

Encourage them to write review of films or TV programmes they watch.

 

Spring Term 2:

PRINT BASED MEDIA

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Newspapers

·        Paper based advertising

·        Wonders of the world

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Encourage your child to read a newspaper.

Talk about how different types of newspaper are presented differently and how the content of the stories and articles differs.

Talk to your child about newspaper bias.

Read any advertising leaflets that come through the door together and talk about what devices they use to try and persuade people.

 

Summer Term 1:

AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Slang and Standard English

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Talk about how your speech should change when you are in different places or with different people.

Get your child to make a list of words they would only use in one specific situation.

 

Summer Term 2:

SHAKESPEARE

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Macbeth

·        Romeo and Juliet

·        A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Encourage them to do some internet research on the life and times of Shakespeare. Read short versions of some of Shakespeare’s plays from the library or watch different adaptations from Youtube.

Maybe even plan a visit to a local theatre to see a play.

 



KS3 Curriculum Overview 2020-21

Autumn Term 1:

POETRY

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Creative writing on a First World War theme

·        World war One Poetry

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Look up on the internet or read in newspaper or magazine articles about the celebration of the anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Have a discussion about different viewpoints on the legacy of the war.

Read poems written in the First World war together.

 

Autumn Term 2:

FICTION

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Of Mice and Men

·        Roald Dahl’s short stories

·        Stone Cold

·        Boy in the Striped Pyjamas/Anne Frank

·        A Christmas Carol

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Read some stories together.

Have a discussion about stories you’ve read in the past – which were your favourites, who were your favourite characters and why.

Get them to write a version of their favourite scene from a fil.

Write a short story together.

 

 

Spring Term 1:

PERSONAL WRITING

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Autobiography

·        Autobiography – Anne Frank

·        Biography

 

How my child can be supported at home :                            

 

Encourage them to talk about their families, heritage and backgrounds.

Read biographies of their favourite celebrities from the library or the internet or life stories from newspapers and magazines.

Encourage them to write stories about memorable events from their lives.

 

Spring Term 2:

EXPLANATION WRITING

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Explanation Writing

·        Writing to Explain

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Look at any instruction leaflets that you got with any household appliance you’ve bought and have at home and talk about how they’re written and structured.

Get your child to explain how simple tasks are carried out – e.g. making a cup of tea, working a washing machine.

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 1:

DRAMA

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Macbeth

·        A Midsummer Night’s Dream

·        Romeo and Juliet

·        An Inspector Calls

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Encourage them to do some internet research on the life and times of Shakespeare or another playwright. Read short versions of some of Shakespeare’s plays from the library or watch different adaptations from Youtube.

Maybe even plan a visit to a local theatre to see a play.

 

Summer Term 2:

INFORMATIVE WRITING

Pupils may follow schemes on:

 

·        Informative writing

·        Leaflets

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Look at and talk about a range of information leaflets you can pick up from local supermarkets, libraries etc. Look at information boards and talk about how the notices are written and presented.

Ask your child to tell you or write down some information about an event they have been to using the ‘w’ words – what, where, when, who, why.

 

 
Year 10 Curriculum Overview 2019-20

Autumn Term 1:

AN INTRODUCTION TO GCSE PAPER 1

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Picking out information

·        Commenting on writers’ language

·        Commenting on writers’ structure

·        Evaluating a text

·        Writing fiction

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Practise reading and discussing fiction writing, especially more challenging texts.

Practise writing stories with interesting characters and unusual timelines.

Practise writing descriptions of places they know or scenes they see in photographs.

 

Autumn Term 2:

AN INTRODUCTION TO GCSE PAPER 2

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Picking out information

·        Summarising texts

·        Commenting on writers’ language

·        Comparing writers’ viewpoints

·        Writing non-fiction

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Practise reading and discussing more challenging non-fiction writing such as from broadsheet newspapers.

Practise writing letters or articles to express a point of view on a given subject.

Discuss the news and current affairs.

Practise reading older texts, especially from the nineteenth century.

 

Spring Term 1

GCSE PAPER 1 – SECTION A (READING)

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Picking out information

·        Commenting on writers’ language

·        Commenting on writers’ structure

·        Evaluating a text

·        Preparing for Year 10 exams and ELC assessments

 

How my child can be supported at home :                            

Encourage them to read a range of fiction and talk about what they have read.

Talk especially about the language that a writer uses and their opinions on what they have read.

Revise for the exam sessions.

 

Spring Term 2:

GCSE PAPER 1 – SECTION B (WRITING)

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Creating characters

·        Writing stories

·        Writing descriptions of places or scenes

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Encourage your child to practise creating characters and write more detailed descriptions of them including their characters and personalities.

Practise writing detailed descriptions based on photographs from newspapers or magazines.

 

 

 

Summer Term 1:

GCSE PAPER 2 – SECTION A (READING)

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Picking out information

·        Summarising texts

·        Commenting on writers’ language

·        Comparing writers’ viewpoints

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Encourage them to read a range of more challenging non-fiction such as broadsheet newspapers, autobiography, biography or journals.

Encourage them to read older non-fiction texts, especially from nineteenth century writers.

Talk to them about what they have read and the opinions and viewpoints being expressed by the writers.

 

Summer Term 2:

GCSE PAPER 2 – SECTION B (WRITING)

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Writing letters to give a point of view

·        Writing newspaper articles

·        Writing speeches

 

How my child can be supported at home:

Encourage them to practise writing letters, speeches or articles to express an opinion about a subject they feel strongly about.

Check that they know how to set out letters, speeches and articles differently from one another.

 

 

Year 11 Curriculum Overview 2019-20

Autumn Term 1:

GCSE PAPER 2 – SECTION A (READING)

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Picking out information

·        Summarising texts

·        Commenting on writers’ language

·        Comparing writers’ viewpoints

 

SPOKEN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Test them on what they know about the contents of the English Language GCSE Paper 1.

Help them practise their Spoken Language Presentation

 

Autumn Term 2:

GCSE PAPER 2 – SECTION B (WRITING)

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Writing letters to give a point of view

·        Writing newspaper articles

·        Writing speeches

·        Mock exam preparation

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Get them to write articles or letters expressing a point of view on a particular subject.

Read or listen to the news and discuss with your child their viewpoint on current affairs topics.

Oversee their revision for the mock exam.

 

Spring Term 1:

GCSE PAPER 1 – CREATIVE READING AND WRITING

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Revising the different questions - reading and writing.

·        Practice papers

·        Mock exam preparation

 

How my child can be supported at home :                            

 

Ask them about the practice exam papers they have been given.

Use any past papers given out in class or any papers available on the internet to get your child to practise Paper 1 questions.

Oversee their revision for the mock exam.

 

 

Spring Term 2:

GCSE PAPER 2 – WRITERS’ VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES

Pupils may cover:

 

·        Revising the different questions - reading and writing.

·        Practice papers

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Ask them about the practice exam papers they have been given.

Use any past papers given out in class or any papers available on the internet to get your child to practise Paper 2 questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 1:

GCSE PAPER 1 AND 2 REVISION

Pupils may cover:

 

·         Revising the skills for and practising Paper 1 and paper 2 reading and writing questions:

--Picking out information

--Commenting on writers’ language

--Commenting on writers’ structure

--Evaluating a text

--Writing fiction

--Summarising texts

--Comparing writers’ viewpoints

--Writing to give a point of view

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Encourage them to practise as many exam questions and papers as possible.

Complete a revision timetable.

Encourage them to try different revision strategies and approaches.

 

Summer Term 2:

THE GCSE EXAMS

 

·        PAPER 1 – EXPLORATIONS IN CREATIVE READING AND WRITING

·        PAPER 2 – WRITERS’ VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES

 

How my child can be supported at home:

 

Encourage them to revise fully for both exams and practise as many exam questions as possible.

 

 

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